Testing 1-2-3 – Strangles Research

Strangles
Testing is an important part of a recovery plan from a Strangles outbreak. Photo Credit: Canva

Strangles, the highly contagious upper respiratory disease caused by the bacterium, Streptococcus equi (S. equi) has been front and centre on social media lately with numerous disease alerts being posted. These alerts are triggered by positive test results for S. equi and reported by an official laboratory to the provincial or state veterinary office. Given the …

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Editor’s Postcard: The Grass Dilemma

Grass
Welsh Cob Gus practices yoga poses to reach a blade of grass. Photo Courtesy Kim Roe, Blue Gate Farm.

Managing Plump, Bored Horses Means Rethinking Equine Husbandry With nearly 40 acres of pastures, fields, and woods, my place, Blue Gate Farm, sits on fertile soil and has plenty of water. Even in the hottest, driest summers the grass stays green without irrigation. I’ve spent thousands of dollars and many …

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Feature Story: What’s in My Hay?

Hay
Photo Courtesy Kim Roe

Educate Yourself to Save Money and Keep Animals Healthy A few years ago I ordered a load of teff hay for my metabolic horse. The seller had posted photos and analysis on social media, and though it was expensive—nearly $600 per ton delivered and stacked—it looked like a good product …

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Cover Story: Evergreen Equine Veterinary Practice

Equine Evergreen Veterinary Practice
The EEVP Team: Dr. Jerry Washburn, Breeding Manager Sam Mackey, Dr. Rachel Micek, Scarlett (Horse), Dr. Brittany Davis, and Foaling Manager Jackie Devato. Photo Courtesy Equine Evergreen Veterinary Practice.

Monroe, Washington Veterinarians Announce New Exciting Location and Facility by Brittany Davis, DVM Spring is here and that means foaling and breeding season is in full swing. If you’ve been thinking about breeding your mare and dreaming of a foal in your barn next year, you need an experienced, proven …

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Media Barn: New in Books – No Bored Horses

No Bored Horses

Essential Enrichment for Happy Equines By Amanda Goble Today, horses are thought of as family members, athletic partners, teachers, and therapists. Most of us do our best to give them all the benefits that domestic life can offer such as comfortable stalls, carefully prepared and regular meals with vitamins and …

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Small Farm Makeover: Free and Natural Insect Control

Natural Insect Control
Image Courtesy Alayne Blickle.

Free and Natural Insect Control One of my favorite times of year is the March/April time frame when swallows begin returning to the Pacific Northwest. These vivacious little birds overwinter in Central America and return to North America in time for the spring nesting season.  These pretty little birds provide …

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Cover Story: Columbia Equine Hospital of Gresham, Oregon

Columbia Equine Hospital
Photo by Paul Duff, DVM

40 Years of Expert Equine Care Finding exceptional veterinary care for our horses has become more difficult in recent years. There seems to be fewer veterinarians willing to provide ambulatory care services over large areas, fewer options for 24/7 emergency care, and fewer equine hospitals equipped with the necessary staff, …

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Media Barn Book Review: Shoeing the Modern Horse

Shoeing the Modern Horse
Image Courtesy Horse and Rider Books

The Horse Owner’s Guide to Farriery and Hoof Care By Steven Kraus with Katie Navarra Horses’ hooves are integral to their overall health, their athletic ability, and ultimately, their longevity. But not all horses are the same. The individual needs of each horse require an understanding of responsible, informed hoofcare …

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Trainer’s Profile: Molly McDaniel of Balanced Performance Training and Hoofcare

Trainer’s Profile
Photo by Cassidy Kettlestring

Focusing on the Longevity and Soundness of the Horse Interview by Kim Roe What is the name of your business? Balanced Performance Training and Hoofcare, LLC What do you do?  I’m a farrier and I also accept horses and mules for training. I teach lessons (and can provide lesson horses …

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Equine Wellness – Know Your Horse’s “Normal”: Part 2

By Meriel Moore-Colyer for Haygain How to Take, Measure and Track Key Vital Signs Maintaining good health in our horses is every owner’s responsibility. Avoiding performance-limiting viruses, preventing the development of more serious diseases, and ensuring your horse is content and living as natural a life as possible should be everyone’s …

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